BRENTWOOD, England - M-Sport Ford’s fleet of EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs will be chasing a strong result when the FIA World Rally Championship ventures to the team’s home event this weekend.
To best prepare for Wales Rally GB’s notoriously challenging stages, the team recently completed four days of testing in Cumbria as well as on-location in the Welsh forests.
And, in an exclusive for Ford employees, drivers Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninen also drove a Fiesta WRC smack through the middle of Ford’s Bridgend Engine Plant. Click the link for video from the event, and see our gallery of images below.
Welshman Evans sealed his first WRC victory on this event last year, capping an incredible weekend that saw M-Sport secure the FIA World Rally Championships for Manufacturers, Drivers and Co-drivers.
The titles can’t be secured on Welsh soil this year, but the victory will be hotly contested and could well prove pivotal as the season draws to a close; and M-Sport Ford will be giving their all in pursuit of a repeat performance.
Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson, said: “The competition could not be closer and we’ll be hoping for another strong result on home soil. Nothing will ever top last year when we secured all three titles as well as the rally win, but we are aiming to be in the fight for another victory this year.”
“Both Sébastien and Elfyn know what it takes to stand on the top step of the podium in Wales. Sébastien has won this event four times, and Elfyn not only grew up on these roads but also made history when he won the event last year – the first Welsh driver to ever do so at this level.
“This will be Teemu’s first time here in a world rally car and there will be a lot to learn, but time after time he proves what a quick learner he is and I wouldn’t be surprised if he sprung another surprise or two this weekend.”
Ford employees can watch live video and highlights of the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team in action in Wales for free, just by clicking this link. It provides access to WRC+ which is a continuous live stream with English commentary from every day of each WRC event.